Lewis Hamilton wins Abu Dhabi GP as Nico Rosberg becomes World Champion

Lewis Hamilton has won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix but it was not enough to prevent Nico Rosberg becoming world champion.

Rosberg held off a late charge from Sebastian Vettel – who finished third – to become 2016 world champion. Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack, despite numerous calls from the pit wall to pick up his pace, but Rosberg was able to remain in second place. He crossed the line just four tenths off his team-mate with Vettel just four tenths further back on him.

Max Verstappen recovered from a lap one spin to make a different strategy work to finish in fourth, ahead of his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Kimi Raikkonen was a distant sixth ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Felipe Massa ended his F1 career with two points ahead of Fernando Alonso who finished in tenth.

Romain Grosjean finished in 11th place ahead of team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, Esteban Ocon, and Pascal Wehrlein. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr and a penalised Jolyon Palmer were the remaining finishers. Palmer was given a five second time penalty for crashing into Carlos Sainz and ending his race.

Joining Sainz on the sidelines were team-mate Daniil Kvyat, Valtteri Bottas, and Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button suffered disappointment on his last Grand Prix appearance when his front suspension broke, bringing a premature end to his race.

At the front, defiant Hamilton backed his team-mate into the chasing pack but Rosberg withstood the pressure and finished where he needed to to become world champion. It is 34 years since his father Keke Rosberg won the world championship and they become one of only two father-son world champions. The other father-son world champions are of course Graham and Damon Hill.

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:38.755
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:39.058
  3. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:39.589
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:39.604
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:39.661
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:39.818
  7. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:40.501
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:40.519
  9. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:41.106
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:41.213
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.084
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:41.272
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:41.480
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:41.564
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:41.564
  16. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:41.995
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:42.003
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:42.142
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:42.247
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:42.286
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:42.393
  22. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:42.637

Laps

  1. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 17
  2. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 17
  3. Felipe Massa – Williams – 15
  4. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 14
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 14
  6. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 13
  7. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 12
  8. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 12
  10. Sergio Perez – Force India – 12
  11. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 16
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 15
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren – 14
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 14
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 14
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 9
  17. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 9
  18. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 9
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 8
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 8
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 8
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 6

 

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP2 Times & Laps

Free Practice 2

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:40.861
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:40.940 – +0.079
  3. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:41.130 – +0.269
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:41.389 – +0.528
  5. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:41.390 – +0.529
  6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:41.464 – +0.603
  7. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:41.959 – +1.098
  8. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:42.041 – +1.180
  9. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:42.264 – +1.403
  10. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:42.268 – +1.407
  11. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:42.366 – +1.505
  12. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:42.823 – +1.962
  13. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:43.012 – +2.151
  14. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:43.108 – +2.247
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:43.272 – +2.411
  16. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:43.600 – +2.739
  17. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:43.754 – +2.893
  18. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:43.903 – +3.042
  19. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:44.045 – +3.184
  20. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:44.117 – +3.256
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:44.478 – +3.617
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:34.948 – +5.087

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:40.861
  2. Ferrari – 1:41.130 – +0.269
  3. Red Bull – 1:41.389 – +0.528
  4. Williams – 1:41.959 – +1.098
  5. Force India – 1:42.041 – +1.180
  6. McLaren – 1:42.366 – +1.505
  7. Haas – 1:43.012 – +2.151
  8. Renault – 1:43.272 – +2.411
  9. Manor – 1:43.600 – +2.739
  10. Sauber – 1:43.903 – +3.042
  11. Toro Rosso – 1:44.478 – +3.617

Laps

Drivers

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 38
  2. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 36
  3. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 36
  4. Felipe Massa – Williams – 36
  5. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 36
  6. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 35
  7. Sergio Perez – Force India – 35
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 35
  9. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 35
  10. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 34
  11. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 34
  12. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 33
  13. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 33
  14. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 33
  15. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 33
  16. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 31
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 25
  18. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 24
  19. Jenson Button – McLaren – 24
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 17
  21. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 5
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 4

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 74
  2. Force India – 71
  3. Williams – 71
  4. Sauber – 70
  5. Manor – 68
  6. Ferrari – 65
  7. Renault – 58
  8. Red Bull – 57
  9. Haas – 52
  10. McLaren – 47
  11. Toro Rosso – 9

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP – FP1 Times & Laps

Free Practice 1

Times

Drivers

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:42.869
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:43.243 – +0.374
  3. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:43.297 – +0.428
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:43.362 – +0.493
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:44.005 – +1.136
  6. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:44.155 – +1.286
  7. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:44.556 – +1.687
  8. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:44.685 – +1.816
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:43.039 – +2.170
  10. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:45.168 – +2.299
  11. Alfonso Celis – Force India – 1:45.476 – +2.607
  12. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:45.600 – +2.731
  13. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:45.778 – +2.909
  14. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:45.925 – +3.056
  15. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:45.940 – +3.071
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:46.219 – +3.350
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:46.372 – +3.503
  18. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:46.379 – +3.510
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:46.458 – +3.589
  20. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:47.127 – +4.258
  21. Jordan King – Manor – 1:47.558 – +4.689
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 2:01.989 – +19.120

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 1:42.869
  2. Red Bull – 1:43.297 – +0.428
  3. Ferrari – 1:44.005 – +1.136
  4. Force India – 1:44.155 – +1.286
  5. Toro Rosso – 1:44.685 – +1.816
  6. Williams – 1:43.039 – +2.170
  7. Sauber – 1:45.168 – +2.299
  8. Haas – 1:45.600 – +2.731
  9. Renault – 1:46.219 – +3.350
  10. McLaren – 1:46.379 – +3.510
  11. Manor – 1:46.458 – +3.589

Laps

Drivers

  1. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 33
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 31
  3. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 31
  4. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 29
  5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 28
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 27
  7. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 27
  8. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 27
  9. Felipe Massa – Williams – 27
  10. Jordan King – Manor – 27
  11. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 26
  12. Alfonso Celis – Force India -26
  13. Sergio Perez – Force India – 23
  14. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 21
  15. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 21
  16. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 21
  17. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 20
  18. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 20
  19. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 17
  20. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 13
  21. Jenson Button – McLaren – 10
  22. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso -4

Teams

  1. Mercedes – 59
  2. Williams – 58
  3. Manor – 56
  4. Renault – 54
  5. Ferrari – 54
  6. Red Bull – 53
  7. Force India – 49
  8. Sauber – 37
  9. Haas – 33
  10. McLaren – 31
  11. Toro Rosso – 25

F1 2016: Abu Dhabi GP Preview

After 20 races, the championship will be decided at the final round in Abu Dhabi. The race at the Yas Marina Circuit will see Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head-to-head for the 2016 title.

Rosberg is the driver with the advantage holding a 12 point lead over team-mate Hamilton. This means that reigning champion Hamilton must finish in the top three to win the championship, but even at that it will still be in Rosberg’s hands. If Hamilton wins the race Rosberg must be third to be champion. If Hamilton is second then Rosberg can finish any position down to 6th and if Hamilton is third then Rosberg can finish no lower than eighth.

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit
Number of Laps: 55
Circuit Length: 5.554km
Number of Corners: 21
Lap Record: 1:40.279 Sebastian Vettel (2009)
Previous Brazil winners still on the grid: 4
Most Successful Team: Red Bull (3)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Supersoft, and Ultrasoft

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a day to night race which starts at twilight and ends under the lights. It is a circuit which features a mix of long straights, heavy braking zones, and fast and slow corners. The three sectors are very distinct and overtaking is possible. There are two DRS zones and grip levels are medium. Track temperatures drop during the race due to conditions going from day to night.

Rosberg won the race in 2015 but suffered heartbreak in 2014 when his car suffered mechanical issues when he was fighting for the championship. Hamilton has won the race in 2011 and 2014, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen winning the four other runnings of the Abu Dhabi GP.

This weekend will also mark the end of Felipe Massa’s F1 career as he retires. Jenson Button had been set to take a sabbatical, with a possible return to race in 2018, however he has recently said he is treating this weekend like his last Grand Prix. Between them they have entered 558 Grand Prix – Button is the third most experienced F1 driver of all time. They will both be missed in the F1 paddock and will be hoping for a good race to sign off their careers.

Lewis Hamilton takes victory in rain disrupted Brazilian Grand Prix

Two red flags and several safety cars disrupted the 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix, but they didn’t prevent Lewis Hamilton taking his ninth win of the season. His first victory in Brazil couldn’t have come at a better time as he prevented Nico Rosberg from wrapping up the championship.

Treacherous conditions greeted teams and drivers on Sunday and the FIA took the decision to start the race behind the safety car. Romain Grosjean became the first driver to get caught out by aquaplaning as he spun on his reconnaissance lap on the way to the grid. The race start was also delayed by ten minutes.

The race eventually concluded three hours after it started with Hamilton crossing the line 11 seconds clear of Rosberg. Max Verstappen was driver of the day as he recovered from a late spin to climb back up the order to third. Sergio Perez was fourth ahead of another spinner Sebastian Vettel. Carlos Sainz was sixth with Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo seventh and eighth.

Local driver Felipe Nasr started last on the grid but finished in ninth place ahead of Fernando Alonso in tenth. Alonso was another driver who spun during the race but recovered to score a point.

Valtteri Bottas was 11th ahead of Esteban Ocon, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen and Pascal Wehrlein. Jenson Button struggled throughout the race with the handling of his McLaren and was the last of 16th classified finishers.

Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, and Marcus Ericsson joined Grosjean on the sidelines after getting caught out by the conditions – their cars being sent into spins by aquaplaning and into the barrier. Jolyon Palmer cited poor visibility for his race ending accident when he made contact with Kvyat who continued. Esteban Gutierrez retired with car problems.

It was a disappointing end to his last Grand Prix for Massa who retired during the race. He was clearly emotional as he climbed out of his car after hitting the barrier, raising the Brazilian flag above his head. There were extraordinary scenes in the pit-lane as Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams congregated outside their garages to give him a guard of honour while the race was still happening. Massa was greeted by his family as he walked down the pit-lane. He later described the moment as overwhelming but said the reaction from the fans made him proud.

The championship will conclude in Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

F1 2016: Brazilian GP – Qualifying Times & Laps

Qualifying

Times

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:10.736
  2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:10.838
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:11.404
  4. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 1:11.485
  5. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:11.495
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:11.540
  7. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 1:11.937
  8. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:12.104
  9. Sergio Perez – Force India – 1:12.165
  10. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:12.266
  11. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:12.420
  12. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 1:12.431
  13. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:12.521
  14. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:12.726
  15. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 1:12.920
  16. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:13.258
  17. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:13.276
  18. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 1:13.410
  19. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 1:13.427
  20. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 1:13.432
  21. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:13.623
  22. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:13.681

Laps

  1. Sergio Perez – Force India – 21
  2. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 20
  3. Romain Grosjean – Haas – 18
  4. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 17
  5. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 15
  6. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 15
  7. Carlos Sainz – Toro Rosso – 15
  8. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas – 14
  9. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 13
  10. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 12
  11. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 12
  12. Max Verstappen – Red Bull – 12
  13. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 12
  14. Felipe Massa – Williams – 11
  15. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 11
  16. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 10
  17. Jenson Button – McLaren – 10
  18. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor – 8
  19. Esteban Ocon – Manor – 8
  20. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 8
  21. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 8
  22. Kevin Magnussen – Renault – 6